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4/16/2009 Environmental Ethics topic of lecture

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            McMINNVILLE – Michael P. Nelson, associate professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Michigan State University, will present two lectures on environmental ethics Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, at Linfield College.

            He will speak on "Wolf, Moose, Philosopher: Environmental Ethics and the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project," Monday, May, 4, and on "American Indian Environmental Ethics: Accessing, Assessing and Abstracting," Tuesday, May 5. Both lectures will be at 7:30 p.m. in 101 Graf Hall at Linfield.

            In the first lecture, Nelson will discuss the Isle Royale, which is in the Northwest portion of Lake Superior and home to a population of moose and wolves. Wolves are the sole predator of the moose and the moose represent 90 percent of the wolves' diet. The wolves, moose and their interactions have been studied continuously and intensely since 1958, the longest study of any predator-prey system in the world. Nelson has served as the environmental philosopher for the study since 2005.

            Nelson holds joint appointments in the Lyman Briggs College, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Philosophy at MSU. He has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a master's in philosophy from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Lancaster University in England.

            His areas of specialization include environmental philosophy and ethics, the philosophy of ecology, conservation biology and wildlife ecology. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group.

            Nelson has worked on projects relating to the ecology of invasive species, wildlife health and diseases, and on several strategic initiatives covering the waters of the west, sustainable communities, and ethics and sustainability. He also served as writer-in-residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

            He is the co-editor of "The Great New Wilderness Debate" and "The Wilderness Debate Rages On: Continuing the Great New Wilderness Debate" and the co-author of "American Indian Environmental Ethics: An Ojibwa Case Study."

            The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored through the Walter Powell-Linfield College Philosphy Lectureship Endowment.

            For more information, call 503-883-2760.